Watermelon Dorado
Ballast Point Brewing Company

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IPA - Imperial
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3.51 | pDev: 17.38%
Ballast Point Brewing Company
California, United States
Watermelon DoradoWatermelon Dorado
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JamarcusMarinovich from California

4.16/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from crowler, big head that dissipates to a half finger. Light copper color with fruity nose and definite watermelon, juicy taste. Strong hop presence but doesn't linger too long on the tongue. High AC not upfront and doesn't appear until after a few pulls. A nice change from the ubiquitous hazy, juicy, tropical IPAs...all in all in pretty good combo

Nov 07, 2020
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GarrettB from Colorado

2.76/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

April 15th, 2016 - Ballast Point has started with experimental fruit flavors, and I don't think I care for this new trend in brewing curiosity. It's pleasant enough on the nose, with a juicy aroma, and a slightly candied smell. But the hops in the flavor and the watermelon fruit are confused and muddied and also at each other's throats. The semi-sweetness in the flavor is, by itself, too sugary but it's clash with the other elements of the brew make this an ill-advised purchase.

Sep 05, 2020
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GuyFawkes from Illinois

4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled January 2016; drank 2/21/16 @ the Yarchives.

See-through orange rust appearance.

A rough pour yielded a nice off-white head; nice lace.

Watermelon & strawberry notes in the nose.

Medium mouthfeel.

Watermelon & sweet strawberry flavors up front; dry wheat & faint booze heat notes on the finish.

Fruit forward but nicely balanced; this would be dangerously drinkable on a hot summer day.

Dec 07, 2019
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patre_tim from Thailand

3.77/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Copper hazy with a pink tinge, moderate carbonation and a finger of yellow head.

Smells of malts, citrus, a hint of watermelon, caramel and pine.

Tastes of watermelon, creme brulee, pine, and deep dank double ipa notes.

Thick, syrupy body with moderate carbonation.

I got this in Redding where I am drinking it, Feb 1st, 2019. Decent, different, and makes you think.

Feb 02, 2019
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Tacoma223 from New York

4.06/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice smell, nice color and good foamy head. Taste is of watermelon and a nice hoppy iPa. The aftertaste is where it goes wrong, very off bitter taste but not undrinkable. This would be a nice summer ipa and has a nice amount of ABV so all you would need is a few. I cannot see me sitting and drinking more than 2 in a sitting.

Jan 29, 2019
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MeanMotaScootah from California

3.81/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Aroma is like pop rocks watermellon with a 7-Up mashup. Apperance is copper with 1 finger head. Flavor is bitter carmel with a slight melon finish. There is a distinct alcohol burn - not exactly masked as with other DIPAs - just sayin. Not overly hopped but definitely a big beer. Not a bad DIPA - a nice beer nonetheless.

Jul 25, 2018
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REVZEB from Illinois

3.38/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Want to take a solid west coast double ipa and ruin it? Look no further! What I liked about the base dorado was the balanced combination of hops and malty flavors. This feels like all the complexity is now buried under a shellac of fake watermelon. Too much watermelon! Feel even suffers from the shellac

Jun 30, 2018
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Holderness from Massachusetts

3.33/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a lovely deep golden color with a dense white head that retained excellently. Some lacing. Aromas are primarily grassy, herbaceous, and soy-sauce like, with a little watermelon in the back. Flavors are much more watermelon-forward. The hops lack character in this one -- they are almost entirely earthy, grassy, and vegetal. Pretty bitter mouthfeel, medium carb. Overall the watermelon flavoring feels a little forced


Aug 26, 2017
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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

2.49/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.25

Ballast Point Brewing Co. "Watermelon Dorado"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle, coded "DO 164W 17181 12:47"
$2 @ Weis, Conshohocken, PA

Notes via stream of consciousness: Geebus, how many variations of their beers are Ballast point going to do? What's next, habanero watermelon Dorado? Or did they do that already? But this is a double IPA so how bad could it be. Nice fluffy-then-creamy bright white head over a clear dark golden/light amber colored body. The aroma is distinctly watermelon but it's also perfumy and floral, and kind of vegetal, or maybe even medicinal. Could that be hops interfering? It almost seems a little like Italian parsley or cilantro - or a lot like both Italian parsley AND cilantro, peppery. Very odd. Let me try again... yeah, there's something definitely weird about it. There's the watermelon on the one side that's nice, and then there's a very odd aroma on the other that's off-putting. I'm in all honestly 100% hesitant about tasting it right now. ... ... ... I'll just say right now that this is NOT good, a beer's aroma should not be off-putting. The flavor follows almost exactly with some golden malt added in. The peppery and vegetal character is not as bad but it doesn't really need to be - even a little bit is bad enough. Very floral, peppery, and earthy and piney. It's medium bodied and crisp, seemingly thinner than a double IPA should be. The odd thing is it's also bitter, and it sticks in the back of the mouth. And the alcohol is noticeable as well. Hmmmmm, just bad. This is not only the worst beer I've had from Ballast Point, but also one of the worst beers I've ever had.

Aug 25, 2017
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tombo615 from New York

2.1/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

I'm a huge Ballast Point fan - but this beer was honestly a huge let down. The nose smells like artificial watermelon - very similar to Bubblicious watermelon bubble gum. Look was a copperish orange. The taste was just a huge unbalanced mess; super bitter, heavy on the malt character, tons of watermelon, and honestly hard to drink.

One of the very few beers in recent memory that I dumped down the drain. Don't judge Ballast Point by this beer! Still love these guys but they should really retire this brew.

Aug 09, 2017
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tumblingpenguin from Georgia

3.27/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad but nothing special either. I wouldn't recommend a six pack of them. Works great as just a one-off, try something different, have a fun drink kind of beer. Unless you're obsessed with watermelon and love Ballast Point, in which case this is definitely for you.

Jul 28, 2017
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Strix from Wisconsin

2/5  rDev -43%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Looks like any other DIPA, clear golden orange, good head.

Smell is piney, but with alcohol and watermelon bubbalicous.

Ack, this is a hot mess. Diacetyl butter, piney hop note, followed by a grassy vegetables, alcohol, plus notes of... watermelon bubbalicous, bile, ammoxocilin, ugh, I don't know.

Mouthfeel is irrelevant if you can't drink it.

No thanks, big miss for me.

Jul 13, 2017
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clager from Michigan

4.34/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

As others have said, the watermelon flavor is strong. Unlike many others, however, I like it. It's sweet yet has a good hoppiness and bitterness to it. To me it does taste like a 10%er, before I knew the ABV I was thinking "man, that tastes like a mixed drink." If you like fruity IPAs, give this one a try, I think you'll like it. If you don't want that, look elsewhere.

Jul 09, 2017
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LarrySTJ from California

3.69/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The watermelon flavor is very strong almost overdone. However, it does not go down like a normal 10%er. Tossing back a few of these is easily doable. The difference between bottle & can versions of these vs. tap is huge. At the very least you need to pour these into a glass if you can.

Jun 26, 2017
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MemphisSooner from Tennessee

3.64/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I want so much to like this beer. But it is just a little off. The look and nose are money. The taste, not so much. This has all the elements of Ballast Point double IPA deliciousness with an overwhelming pungency of Watermelon Bubblicious. Just a cloying synthetic watermelon bomb. And it is super heavy.

All in all, wish I would have passed on this one.

Jun 16, 2017
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BlackBeerPirate from Illinois

4.14/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Taste: Big watermelon, not sweet notes, Crisp, refreshing, citrus hops. Nose is semi sweet, floral. Amber/orange color, unfiltered, not much head in taster glass. medium body. Not bitter, melon flavors come out, can not taste that it is 10.0 ABV and 90 IBUs

Jun 16, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.09/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours copper. Short, foamy, white head fades fast.

Smells fake watermelon almost like candy, malt and citrus.

Tastes strong fake watermelon, light bready malt and citrus peel. Finish is dry with bitter pine and watermelon linger. Medium body and fizzy medium carbonation.

Jun 14, 2017
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BeerDawgs from Georgia

4/5  rDev +14%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

L - Copper, 1 finger of head, lots of lacing. Gorgeous brew

S - Watermelon flavors dominate, big hop aroma behind the melon.

T - Melon dominates, but hoppy and tasty

F - Medium body and heavy carbonation

O - Great beer, but watermelon is an interesting combo with a DIPA

Jun 10, 2017
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Ghrymm from Canada (BC)

3/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz can. BB July 05/2017
A: Pours a clear light golden amber with a thin white head and some lacing, Looks are the best this beer has.
S: A strange nose i am not sure what it is a hint of watermelon i guess, not a nice nose.
T: Well there is watermelon there but a vegetable taste is there for sure .
F: Bleh
O: A total fail skip it.

Jun 04, 2017
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laneyhantz from California

2.34/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

This watermelon as a double IPA does not pair well. This flavor is more fake tasting than other fruity beers I have had. The after taste is quite disappointing and lingers in a bad way. Ballast Point makes great beers but this one is a miss in my opinion.

Bottom Line: Skip this one. It's not worth it

May 20, 2017
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mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

3.02/5  rDev -14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured into a half pint glass: color is gold, head is brighter off white, mainly fine bubbles, good lacing on the glass sides.

Smell is sweeter, semi-fake watermelon flavoring, like jolly ranchers, with moderate malt sweetness as well, less hop strength but noticeable as a last aroma.

Taste is way overdone watermelon essence, dry and mouth blasting at first, then as it warms the malt flavors begin to counter some of the watermelon strength, or maybe my tongue is just numbed.

Mouthfeel - this once bites the tongue and leaves you incapable of tasting some of the depth of this beer - hops, malt, earth, toast.

Overall a beer I was more excited to try than the end result, a bit disappointing - as many watermelon beers are - better to mix watermelon puree with base beer than try to package.

May 12, 2017
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CraftBeerApprentice from California

2.31/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Look: Copper hue. Good lacing.
Smell: Cloying, syrupy aroma that masks the grapefruit and pine of the base beer.
Taste: Obnoxiously sweet. Between the hefty malt bill and the addition of watermelon, this beer tastes syrupy and cloying. Very displeasing.
Feel: Same as the original: big mouthfeel with mild CO2.
Overall: This is a good example of "too much". In my opinion, the watermelon needs to be dialed back a lot, because this beer tastes like syrup. "Beerup" is probably how I'd describe it. Way too sweet to the point of being sickening.

Apr 10, 2017
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BeerBobber from Nevada

3.79/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a darker gold with lots of carbonation visible as this beer is pretty clear. Has a bone colored head that was rather large in size with large soapy bubbles. The head was pretty solid and lasting in nature.

The smell was a bit earthy with some pine and citrus coming out to the nose.

The taste was of pine mixed with a faint hint of watermelon. Some citrus comes out on the tongue as well.

Mouth feel borders on medium yet finishes fairly crisp.

The beer is nicely done and hides the 10% ABV very well. I was just looking forward to more watermelon flavor and I was getting more of a pine filled very well done IPA flavor. The watermelon is there, however it was on the fainter side of the flavor reception.

Mar 27, 2017
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garymuchow from Minnesota

3.68/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Hmmm...All I can say is that watermelon is an interesting flavor to put with hops. I'm not inclined to put bitter with the watery sweetness of this melon. This one moves to much towards eating the rind, which is not a place that I venture much in my summer melon indulgences. I like the aroma more than the taste with the soft hints of melon and the less intense hop presence and none of the bitter. Looks fine and feels fine too. Alcohol subtle considering the size and all, although it warms the gut quickly. I'm fine I bought a 6-er, but I doubt I'd buy one again.

Mar 27, 2017
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jwilcox767 from Ohio

4.17/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

It looks like I'm one of the few people that really likes this brew. It's definitely a watermelon-heavy, hoppy, and slightly bitter beer, but it's very well done. Not really sweet, but that's a good thing. Need to get more of it.

Feb 07, 2017
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